Celebrated star of stage and screen, Ian McKellen, will return to Broadway for a one night special performance. Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others …And You! will play Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. Under the direction of Sean Mathias, Ian McKellen On Stage…will serve as a benefit for the nonprofit theater organization Only Make Believe.
“This year I’ve been having the time of my life, touring my new Show across the UK. Now it will be an extra treat to return to Broadway, 50 years after my debut in NYC, especially as it will benefit the inspirational work of Only Make Believe. Please come and help me celebrate!” said Ian McKellen.
Ian McKellen is a Tony Award actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and an Academy Award nominee for his work as James Whale in Gods and Monsters and for playing the wizard Galdalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other Broadway performances include Wild Honey, Waiting for Godot, The Promise, No Man’s Land, and Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare, In film, McKellen has appeared in X-Men, The Hobbit, Richard III, The Apt Pupil, Six Degrees of Separation, Bent and HBO’s And the Band Played On, among many others.
“Only Make Believe is a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals, care facilities and special education programs throughout the New York and Washington DC metropolitan areas, free of charge to every site, for every family and child. Only Make Believe is dedicated to the principle that engaging a child’s imagination is a valuable part of healing and learning. Therefore every child in our audience takes an active part in creating a world of fantasy and fun in order to transcend the boundaries of hospital walls. For more information regarding Only Make Believe, please visit www.onlymakebelieve.org”
This unique event follows an unprecedented, sold-out tour of over 80 theaters the length and breadth of the UK, in celebration of Ian McKellen’s 80th birthday year. Tickets are on sale today via thehudsonbroadway.com. There are over 200 tickets for under $80 for this one night event.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.